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Grateful Dead Live at Buckeye Lake Music Center on 1994-07-29

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Grateful Dead Live at Buckeye Lake Music Center on 1994-07-29

Publication date 1994-07-29 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Rain, Feel Like A Stranger, Bertha, Wang Dang Doodle, Loser, El Paso, Althea, Eternity, Deal Foolish Heart-> I Want to Tell You, Looks Like Rain, Samba In The Rain, Uncle John's Band-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Drums-> Space-> I Need A Miracle-> Standing On the Moon-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: The Mighty Quinn*


Recording Info: (FOB) Beyer M101 (Omni) -> Dat (Casio DA-7) -> CD -> EAC -> SHN via Charlie Miller


Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2015
Subject: Nice sounding audience recording from 94 tour
Brings back warm and fuzzy memories of when I saw GD on that 1994 Spring Tour...kick bk, light up, and enjoy this one!
Reviewer: hairwrapchick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2013
Subject: THE BEST
I was there, the rain, OH MY!!!! Our "Papa Smurf" was late getting there. He'd always make sure we were in order before heading to the show. Well, we left our camp completly open and needless to say when we returned I think I had a very tiny courner of a dry tent. I remember "blanket city" over our heads when Jerry struck the cord to Rain and, like the song says, "and I don't mind" One of the best shows I got to see before the passing of Jerry. "Right on" my brother, may you still be making beautiful music in our souls!!!!!!
Reviewer: ThreeFingerStyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2013
Subject: forces of nature
Drove up from Louisiana to catch Buckeye and the rest of the summer run. This show was in the pastures outside of Hebron, Ohio - with virtually no presence of the law. What people referred to as 'Shakedown' sprung up in one of the more open, sloping fields, a spontaneous medieval market. There was Boocoo open country - lots of ecstatic and +lysergic energy going on. The stage crew filmed the crowd rushing into the stage area when it opened, and spliced it with images of ranging cattle, playing these images back to us on the overhead screens at various moments during the show.

TBH I don't remember much of Traffic's performance b/c I was out of my mind on the Dancing Skeletons and the approaching rainstorm. I remember high-octane winds introducing the storm, giving a severe and elemental twist to the general energy of the situation; you could see Jerry and Billy K stageside - smiling, bopping, getting into the end of Traffic's set, the electrons of the storm, and the general crowd scene. Somewhere around the end of Traffic's set or right after, the sky was pretty pregnant w/SOMEthing - it got very dark and dropped on us. I remember the rain/wind being hard enough that the crowd started up makeshift tarps/rainguards. I remember being a human post for one of these 'tents' - drenched and tripping fantastic, utterly satisfied. So the crowd sat out the storm ...and The Dead took the stage when the rain eventually began to lift, revealing blinking stars to an ecstatic audience. The wide-open spaces and weather outside of Hebron that night made for a special recipe, spicing up the energy of the show in a really unique way. UJB bug-eyed the muddy post-apocalyptic audience - and if you were There, The Mighty Quinn was pretty damn mighty, wrapped up with a bow, Jerry winking at us.

Before the storm this venue was a bucolic paradise - after the show it was a muddy dark wasteland. I have no idea how I was able to find my friends and my car that night, trudging back through the mud in the joyous herds. If the Rain was gonna fall, well, we can say in hindsight that it was right on time: the scene thrived in the summer heat before the show, and the exact timing/duration of the downpour was effectively perfect. Supersonic backwoods psychedelic Baptism.

On strictly musical terms this show wasn't exceptional to my ears then or now (which isn't to say that I didn't enjoy & treasure every second of it then and now), but even a cursory glance at the set-list testifies to its singular energy being severely upgraded by the forces of earth and sky, and a really unique scene not possible in more populated areas. This combo was the real deal, folks - a really off-the-grid, exceptionally Close Encounter between the forces of nature, America's greatest rock&roll band, and hordes/herds of Friendly and very enthusiastic Freaks.

With a nod to gratefulvince(see below) - I'd say the most musically exciting Dead show I saw that summer was right after this Buckeye romp - on 7/31, at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan, right outside of Detroit. Great bday party show w/ Jerry blowing out the candles.(one of nine in the history of the band I'm aware of). Check out Keith Litzenberger's AUD of the Auburn Hills show.

Cheers to the caravans from Buckeye to The Palace that summer... Ah, the magic carpet of the Good Ole US of A. Thanks to everyone who made this now legendary 'Rain' show so special.
Reviewer: wherewithal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2011
Subject: Traffic
Honestly, I have not slogged through most of these reviews - but, I have not seen one mention of the opening band. Traffic had reformed that year and was opening this show (along w/ a few others that tour). They were just amazing - very high level musicianship. After seeing nearly 150 shows spanning 20 years ('75 - '95), I'll always remember this show as the "Rain Show" and of course for Traffic.
Reviewer: sbrew - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2011
Honestly set 1 takes a long time to get going. Garcia is a ghost of himself for most of it, mumbling words, barely playing, until the end when he finally kicks in.

Yes, set 2 is great.

But, boy, weird how no one mentions the rough bulk of the first set.
Reviewer: gratefulvince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2011
Subject: Good 1994 Dead show
Excellent sound quality and a really good show. I am just starting to get into 2 things regarding the Dead I don't know much about - AUD recordings and post-1993 shows. Ive heard so much negative things about '94-'95 that as a budding Deadhead I just never bothered checking any shows out from that period. Sorry but to these ears this is a hot show. The newer songs are all excellently played (Samba, Eternity, Standing on the Moon). 1st set has really sick versions of Bertha, Deal and esp. Eternity, which is a song I never really liked but this version is great. Anyone have any other '94-'95 recommendations?
Reviewer: pinecone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2008
Subject: What a day,what a blast
What a day,hot as the sun. The rain came and the temp dropped like a stone down a well. The band played their hearts out on this show. Little did we know only a few years remained that J.G. would walk this planet. Thank you for a great show and a fun day at Buckeye!
Reviewer: deadheadted007 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2008
Subject: last ohio show good times
this was my last show in the state i grow up standing on the moon put a tear in my eye RIP Jerry
Reviewer: bowen - - December 25, 2007
Subject: Buckeye, trippin' in the rain!
My buddies and I d.rove fifty odd miles south to get there but it took 2 1/2 hours because the rain was just pouring down so hard that we literlly had to pull off the road at one point because I couldn't see the road! The wipers couldn't even keep up with the rainfall! When we finally arrived we immediately scored two tickets for 40 bucks a peice from a couple sitting under their hatchback ducking the rain and debating whether to go in. (They even threw in a couple kind beers! Heard The Dead opening with "Rain" just as we were going through the gates. Lots of unfortunate people were looking for "miracle tickets" because someone had counterfeited and sold a bunch of bunk ones. The entrance was downhill with a nice above view of the thousands of wet dancin' heads! The summer rain bothered no one. The rain subsided by the second set and everyone was spinnin' in the mud. The scene afterwards was awesome! We met a few friends, had a few balloons and scored some shrooms and nugs to take home and share. Unforgettable experience!
Reviewer: igrowthehydro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2007
These reviews should be joined with the other 18 reviews from the show........Here is mine:

I wrote a long pre re-listen review to this show- and it disappeared. Oh well.

It was my first show, long overdue, and all the reviews above are INCREDIBLY accurate about the show, the rain etc. Someone even OD right in front of me at the beginning and it was crazy I think the person died not sure. Security guard looking at me screaming for a DR....surreal.

The show was amazing. After relistening a few times I love it more- how ironic was it that the song Uncle Johns Band got me into the Dead- and was played from scratch as previously noted- a nice 20 minute version amazing.

I have had fun showing these review to my younger brother whom never saw Jerrry- this was a time I travelled from Florida to Ohio to see the Dead and it was so fantastic. Great show fudge the negative reviews it rocks. SOunds like being there in the crowd.
Reviewer: mgrice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2007
Subject: please.. the kids has never seen the dead
It started as a birthday present and promise from my big sister. i was 14 years old, and to this point in my life had only seen a few small bands in columbus ohio. when we pulled into the grassy parking lot i had never seen anything like what was going down. we showed up with no tickets, but a couple 10 strips, a bag of shake and a cooler full of some sandwiches. determined to get me in the show my sister started to barter with anyone with a sympahetic ear. "Come on... the kids never seen a dead show, think of the good karma, breaking in this grateful virgin". and that i was, from rain to the mighty quinn ive never been to a show like this and sadly will probably never see anything like it. thank you gd, and thank you gd fans for the experience i will never forget
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2007
Subject: great experience @ a great show
I'd never been to Buckeye Lake before this show, and it was quite a different environ than many other venues. I recall sitting in traffic trying to get the parking field/lot for a good while. Walking around the lot were LOADS of people holding up HUGE mushrooms for sale---and it seemed that there were NO cops patroling at all. There was a police helicopter flying over though. I was hawking cookies @ 2 f/$1 or 5 f/$2, and made my pockets fat to offset the costs of the trip.

Back to the fine fungus---bought some and ate-em on the way into the show. By the time it started to rain they were kicking in. Had a minor freak-out over all the wind that kicked up & the possibility of tornadoes. But rain or shine, the GD threw it into gear from the start. The whole first set it rained, but I seem to remember it clearing some and the sun shining through the clouds before 2nd set started---beautiful! There were small platforms that had large TV cameras filmimg the show---does anyone recall the "APPLAUSE" message that was shown on the screens @ the end of Deal? I found that to be hilarious!

The second set was no slouch either. Previous mentions about Samba even being a fine performance are correct. Me & a friend managed to get pretty close to the stage during a good bit of 2nd set, which usually wasn't too easy considering everyone that crowds as close to the stage as they can in GA shows.

Overall, it was a good show, and worth the listen.
Reviewer: Sunnydrop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2007
Subject: We were wet, muddy and having the time of our lives.
There was some energy there that night..The night was just perfect. It was not the perfect show, although many highlights. The boys were in a great mood, Jerry was dancing (well doing the Jerry sway we all love), they were all smiling. It was pouring rain the whole first set, which brought on all the rain tunes, the rain cleared just in time for the Standing On the Moon, while dancing in the trees under bright moon, high energy lovelight, even freaking Samba was rockin that night lol and what could very well be the best Mighty Quinn I have heard live while in the Phil Zone surrounded by friends.

We were wet, muddy and having the time of our lives.

I made a ton of money that day in the lot, got a ticket for face early in the day, loved the friends I was riding with, spend the show with a boy I cared alot about, the night walking around laughing dancing playing, we found after much seaching the french bread veggie pizza van (they were hiding), watched the sunrise, gosh I could go on and on, it was a wonderful night, it was magic... My personal favorite of summer 94. Well East coast summer 94 anyway. :)

Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2006
Subject: 7-29-94
After the Foolish>Want to Tell debacle at Deer Creek on 7-21-94, I am amazed at how well Jerry pulled this Foolish off a week later. A marked improvement to say the least. Overall, not an amazing show, but one of the better ones at this portion of the east/midwest 94 run.

Jerry sounds burnt during the Foolish refrain. Like he could use about a week of sleep.
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: ah.............buckeye
1994 was not a good year.This show was.The dead always seemed to step it up a bit at this venue(88,91,92,93,94).The second set is the meat of this sandwich.Sound quality is also very rich.
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